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The Daily Bee (January 1, 2021): Erling Haaland Returns, and Youssoufa Moukoko is Injured

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2020 was awful for BVB (and everyone else). Will 2021 be better?

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Good morning Fear the Wall, and happy new year!

2020 was an awful year. The COVID pandemic has taken the lives of millions of people around the world, and ruined the lives of millions more through economic damage and social isolation. In that sense, it seems kind of moot to point out that the year also wasn’t great for Borussia Dortmund in terms of footballing. A disappointing exit in the Champions League, another second place league finish, and the run of poor play that led to Lucien Favre’s departure have made it a year to forget.

Borussia Dortmund will also face an uphill battle to make 2021 anything to write home about. It will be tough for BVB to claw back into the title race, and a Champions League run seems equally unlikely. Unless Edin Terzic brings about a miraculous turnaround, BVB may have to wait until the summer to reinvigorate the squad and galvanize themselves for another title chase in 2021-22.

Erling Haaland Returns, Youssoufa Moukoko Injured

For a team that has been very desperate to score goals, relief is finally on the way. Borussia Dortmund’s star goalscorer, Erling Haaland, will make his long-awaited return on Sunday against Wolfsburg, after spending six or so weeks out with a thigh injury:

Unfortunately, it seems that for every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction. At the same time that Haaland has returned from injury, another striker, Youssoufa Moukoko, has suffered a knee injury and will miss the match against Wolfsburg. According to Ruhr Nachrichten, the injury is thankfully only a short term one. This means that Steffen Tigges will continue to train with the senior squad.

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